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Tex Med. 1997 Jan;93(1):76-80.

Medical malpractice arbitration: a primer for Texas physicians.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Houston 77030, USA.


The medical malpractice crises and ensuing tort reform efforts, including methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), are generally reviewed. Arbitration in the context of medical malpractice is examined from the perspective of other states' experiences. Michigan has one of the nation's oldest medical malpractice arbitration programs, but it suffers from underutilization. California's experience derives from the use of arbitration in the managed care setting. While Texas has statutory provisions for medical malpractice arbitration, in light of public policy favoring ADR, the statute could be perceived as antipublic policy, resulting in underuse. The National Practitioner Data Bank also serves to discourage physician participation. Policy options are offered to address these concerns.

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